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BOOK LAUNCH: “The MacRory Cup – The Story of Ulster Colleges Senior Football”

Monday 10.11.2014
Team Talk Mag


 The MacRory Cup was first contested in 1924, and the inaugural winners were St Patrick’s College, Armagh. It emerged from an annual inter-seminary soccer game between St Patrick’s and St Macartan’s Monaghan which, in the years after 1916, was played under GAA Rules.

Now in its 93rd Year, the MacRory Cup has since grown to become the most prestigious and keenly contested provincial schools GAA title in Ireland, and is an integral part of the GAA calendar in Ulster.

This book, for the first time, chronicles the history of a competition which has captivated the minds of generations of students, produced so many memorable contests and rivalries, thrilled thousands of spectators annually, and has been the springboard for the emergence of so many future inter-county stars.

J.A. Walshe’s exhaustive research has produced much hitherto hidden detail which has enabled him to weave a riveting tale of the annual pursuit of this much prized title, and of its leading personalities. He also traces the progress of each year’s winners in the All Ireland series (the Hogan Cup), and, for the very first time, tells the story of the Colleges’ Interprovincial Championship which illuminated the period 1927-1956.

This will be a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all GAA stalwarts, and particularly for all those former students who have known and experienced the exhilaration and intensity of a MacRory Cup campaign.


J.A Walshe is a former history teacher and schools’ inspector. Now domiciled in Belfast, he is a native of Ruhillmore, Boherbue, Co Cork, and has written widely on a variety of historical topics including ‘From Clonard to Croke  – A History of St Galls GAC 1910-2010’, for which he received a GAA MacNamee  Award.

Assembling from 7.00pm on each evening….


November 2014


Tuesday 11th:   St Patrick’s College, Armagh


Thursday 13th:  St Macartan’s College, Monaghan


Monday 17th:                    St Colman’s College, Newry


Thursday 20th: St Patrick’s College, Maghera


Monday 24th:   Abbey CBS, Newry


Tuesday 25th:   Stormont


Thursday 27th: St Michael’s College, Enniskillen


December 2014:


Thursday 4th:   St Patrick’s College, Cavan


Please Note: Outside of these dates, the book can be purchased by contacting any of the schools listed or by contacting Sean McGourty or any of the Ulster Colleges’ Committee.



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